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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 17, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME il ppAfifiiiiJTbF HJSTOSy AND ARCH A Dsal atii THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES VOL XLVIII ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Uimj THtS CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS Reds Claim Series of Smashing New Gains GERMANSADMIT SHORTENING OF LINES IN RUSSIA Kalinin Recaptured by Russ Italian General Is Killed BULLETIN WITH THE RED ARMY ON THE MOSCOW FRONT The red array counteroffensive is gathering momentum on the eastern front Artillery battered Germany lines northwest of Moscow Wednesday as Ameri can correspondents got a first hand glimpse of the devastating rout of the enemy on the Klin and Volokolamsk sectors By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Russia proclaimed a series ol smashing neiv victories in the war with Germany Wednesday and for the first time Adolf Hitlers high command wryly acknowl edged that the German invasion armies were shortening their lines along the soviet front and were hardpressed on the defen sive in North Africa The extent of the German re treat along the whole 1200 mile Russian battleline was high lighted by a British broadcast reporting that all communica between Jlfbscow and tour Soviet armies were pushing a vast couri teroffensive from Leningrad to the Black sea capturing hundreds of villages and towns in onesector after another and that in some instances the Germans were run ning without a light In perhaps the gloomiest nazi communique of the entire war giving the German people at least an inkling that the tide of con quest has been thrown into re high command report In the course of transition from aggressive operations to warfare for the wiri ter months necessary improve ments involving he shortening of lines now are being sys tematically undertaken on vari ous sectors of the eastern front But soviet disptches pictured the Germans in headlong flight or no means effectingastrategic withdrawal with a Moscow com munique declaring The fleeing enemy is being pinsued and annihilated by our troops Red army soldiers who recap tured strategic Kalinin 95 miles northwest of Moscow said they found that German troops had built fourtiered plank beds in nouses throughout the Kalinin zone intending to spend the winter there Moreover the official Berlin radio spokesman shifted in a broadcast from comment on the exploits of our victorious Ger man army to a disclosure on the unbelievable difficulties under aZi troops were fieWing in v Soviet frontline dispatches said the Germans were retreating with a H y n both the and south flanks of the Moscow defense arc On the North African front British imperial headquarters reported that heavy British pressure was being maintained on the left flank of Hitlers bat tcred desert armies and that new progress was registered de spite fierce sandstorms during the past 24 honrs K The German high command s tcrse of the lighting which clearly appeared to be turning into an axis debacle A 15avT defensive battle west ot 1 obruk continued Friday Strong enemy attacks near Zardia were repulsed wi th losses to the Even a Little Gift From You Will Help a Lot FIRST VICTORIES 600 1000 200 1500 I00 2000 2300 2250 Spirit of Christmas in This Community Is Being Challenged PREVIOUSLY REPORTKD I SIC NEV CASH CONTBIBUTIONS J E Decker Sons Olllce PltJsant Bidge B i O Circle Trinity Lutheran Ladles Aid Mrs C o A Friend E D E Georie w lull and Mike McCoy A Navy Molber Mr Mrs L LiiMbodr Eilell Hint W P Mr nd Mrs O W Lund Anna Sehroeder tenth Grde Bosj First jMetlio dist Church Mrs David Olson Mrs O E Moon Occident Club Mason City Millnork Company Alchor Shrine Noc WhileShrine Jerusalem The Supers Madison F T A 2UO soo JOOO 100 Japanese watos ansed Hi UttlJil m two out of three attacks was not among the 53 survivors In between the Libyan an soviet fronts fresh military ac tivity was reported in nazidomi nated Bulgariawhich antiaxi observers long have expected Ger many to use as a springboard fo an invasion ofTurkey and thenc into the middle east Dispatches Ankara Tur key said Bulgarian airtields wer being enlarged and increased wit rejrauvf facilities for Genna planes Z Deadly blows WOODS against invasion forces northwest of Moscow the recap ture of Kalimn and the town ot Vysokoe 40miles to the west were announced by the soviet government Remnants of sixGerman divis ions routed from Kalinin wen said to be retreating westward un der annihilating fire The railway junction of Volovo 160 miles south of Moscow was among other cities listed as re gained in drives radiating like the spokesof a wheel from the Mos cow defense arc Pravda the communist party organ said 90 villages were re captured by red army troops in central front action Monday z well as Klin 50 miles northwes of Cairo dispatches said an arm ored British column was ham mering at the left Hank of Gen Erwm Kommels battered north African army and possibly would cut off his main avenue of retreat along the highway from Tobruk to Derna The flanking maneuver in which British forces seek a battle to the death of their foe was begun at Halegh El Olebam 30 miles west of Gazala Even while indicating confi dence of the outcome however British quarters acknowledged that apparentlyreinforced Ger man air squadrons were striking at their lengtheningsupply lines The mam body of the axis forces led by Rommel was re ported to consist of parts of four Italian infantry divisions and parts of two German armored divisions The British said they captured 1100 prisoners in he Gazala sector Tuesday ni com particularly heavv righting raged all day Tuesday in the Gazala sector 40 miles west of robruk xvith the British con A hint that the Italians may aiready be pulling out of North cr5pPed P n a British communique report ns that a fascist submarine carrying an general and Cr Tmhtar5 from Libya to Italy had been sunk in the central Mediterranean The admiralty said the general Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITYScattered light showers Wednesday afternoon or early Wednesday night some what warmer Wednesday after noon Lowest temperature 28 IOWA Fair to partly cloudy sughtly warmer northeast and eastcentral portions Wednes day mostly cloudy and some what warmer a few light show ers east and central portions Wednesday night Increasing wind becoming 25 to 35 MPH MINNESOTAIVIostly cloudyTnd warmer Wednesday light snow north light showers south por tion Wednesday night begin ning m extreme west portion late Wednesday afternoon somewhat warmer Wednesday Might becoming colder extreme west portion late Wednesday night Wind 25 to 35 MPH IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Mvximum Tuesday Minimum in night At 8 a rn Wednesday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation Snowfall 46 24 33 25 2 13 inches Lincoln Par A Friend McDonald am Weldnah A w Stabkt Comn er Barber ITM NEW TOTAL CASH GOAL AMOUNTYETNEEDED S WE ENTER INTO the final week of the 1941 Christmas Cheer Fund drive we find ourselves facing a challenging job In a pe riod of less than a wee k the Christmas spirit of our com munity is con fronted with the task of raising more than a thous if the cash goa of 2250 is to be attained Against the great size ot the task however are some mosten couraging signs Among them these 1 Gifts from individuals are llowingin asthey never have at this stage of a Christmas Cheer solicitation 2 Clubs lodges unions and other organizations are railsing to the cause with increased contribu tions 3 Solicitation is under way in dozens ot plants offices and other places where groups of workers are assembled The list above is headed by a leneraus gift from a Decker group Shaffer Ploys for Yule Cheer smije in style will be pouring out over KLGO Wed nesday night with the hope that contributions to Ma FL CirS4 Chrisimas Cheer fund will at the same time be pouring in Play from to 9o3p m and again from until well as as contributions keep rolling if p Air contributions should be telephoned in to 2800 the KU3O number and will be acknowledged on the air Inso far as lime will permit request numbers will be honored with contributions Others have given in the past This s typical of what is going on along 11 fronts Report reaches us of an uncom ileted solicitation in one of the arger plants of the city with the verage gift approximately 1 per f 01 With our community awake to i11akahead thc chances are till bright that success will crown he Christmas Cheer effort s it has for the past fifteen years ilie callhowever is for action applause Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City Packosnacks have already Jaeen jspatchcd to hundreds of Cerro JAPAN TRIES HITRUN TACTICS Enemy Risks Valuable Warships in Attacks on Johnston Maui WASHINGTON resorting fo hitandrun attacks near Hawaii risked valuable war ships Wednesday in an effort to divert some of the offensive strength of the U S Pacific fleet now at sea searching foithe main enemy lorces tactics evidenced by he shelling of Johnston and Maul Islands for the first time in the war tended to belie Tokios bland claim that the bulk of the American navy had been de stroyed They indicated that Japan was seeking to decoy as many U S ships as possible Into wUIothewfap hunt for the nUders Here however intimated that the fleet would not be distracted Irom its main mission and reported tersely that operations against the enemy are continuing The afiaeks on Johnston and Maui and a renewed assault on Wake island were disclosed m a communique Tuesday night which stated that the actions had taken place in the preceding H hours A recurrence of the hit run forays appeared likely but the belief here was that defense forces were adequate to meet the threat Elsewhere in the vast Pa cific theater the situation ap peared grave Japanese at tacks were seriously menacing Hong Kong and Singapore the British bases which are two of the big obstacles in the path of a Japanese drive against the Dutch East Indies The Philippines the third and last stumbling block to Japans southward thrust were girding for a fresh enemy assault al though some sources believed that Japan was concentrating her mam efforts against the British pase U S submarines operat ing from he Philippines were credited with two successful at tacks but details of their suc cesses were not disclosed While military and naval moves progressed representatives of ta bor and management convened here at President Roosevelts re quest to wprlc out a surefirfi method for keeping the nations all important production ef fort free of strike stoppages The expectation was that the conferees would agree on the creation of a new mediation agency perhaps along the lines of the World war labor board Also on he days calendar was the organization meeting of the fiveman board which President Roosevelt appointed to investi gate the lack of alert prepared ness which made possible the costly surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7 After inp the board will proceed to Hawaii for an onthespot in quiry The president named Associate Justice Owen J Roberts of the supreme court to head the board Other members afe Major General irank R McCoy retired Brig adier General Joseph P McNar ney of the air corps Rear Admiral William H Standley retired former chief of naval operations and Rear Admiral Joseph M Reexjes former commander in chief of the United States fleet The personnel of the board created a favorable reaction on Capitol Hill and as a consequeno some legislators looked for a no ticcable decrease in demands fo a separate congressional investi gation President Roosevelt mean while was acting swiftly to set up a system of censorship to prevent all information of value from reaching the enemy The censorship Mr Roosevelt ex plained would be partly manda tory and pardy voluntary and would apply to the press radio cables mail and other mediums Fifth column espionage events have shown played a big part in making possible Pearl Harbors bloody Sunday and the censor ship program obviously was de signed to prevent a repetition of such say work among other things As for the war fronts the capi tal continued to glory in the val iant resistance of the marine gar atMidway and Wake C Sjend us more islands The last navy communique Tuesday said both tiny bases still were countering the blows of the en emy Two new JaEanese4bombing S very heavy but the Leathernecks apparently still had tne situation in hand Details of the hitrun attacks on Johnston and Maui islands were sparse Johnston which lies 770 miles southwest of Honolulu was bombarfled by the enemy at dusk the navy reported in lan guage indicating Ihai surface vessels made the attack The island is the site of a naval air base and successful action would impair American com munications lvl ui kerrO Hie npp county boysjn the service munity of their country Now the job is to see that there arc no Empty Stock ings m Mason City Will YOU do YOUR parf Of course you will Were counting on you So are the needy families of our com of the shipping cen ter of Kahului on the island of Maui was done by an enemy sub rrianne at approximately the same time The attack on Maui was move danng for the island is one inn i group onlv about 100 miles southeast of Pearl Har bor and Honolulu Here again damage to communications would appear to be the objective of the attack However the sporadic nature of the Japanese attacks and the odds against their inflicting heavy damage bespoke the deeper strat egy strength from the battle fleet Grant Permission for Spencer Radio Station WASHINGTON Iowa Great Lakes Broadcasting com pany of Spencer Iowa has been granted a permit for a nexv stand ard IQOwatt broadcasting station by the federal communications commission It will operate on 240 kilocycles and on unlimited time Defense Savings Stamps for sale at GlobeGazette Business office Three North lowans Lose Lives in Raid on Hawaii Two Mason City Youths Among Victims of War lives in the engagement The name of Erwm Leroy Searle was added to the list of Noah I o wans losing their Pearl Harbor naval Wednesday v He was the second Mason Cilyan reported killed on the openinff day of the Japanese war Death of Guy Wayne Carroll of Mason City and Wil bur Theodore Smith of Crystal take was reported Tuesday II TT lcrcc mon wcre sailors n Q Vct in Hawau smith Hancock countys war casualty was the son ot Frank pearl Smith Mr and Mrs Walter G Carroll ot addition Mason City quartermaster second Carroll a class Jost jucl class lost his lifeaboard the illtfated de stroyer U S S Shaw He had been m the navy six years He had served four years in the navy then spent one year out of the service Two years ago this coming Feb 9 he reenliated at his former gradeand has not been rorne since Searle gunners mate third class was son of Mr and Mrs Ira Searle 242 Eighth street south east Erwm is survived by his wife he former Helen Hill of Waverly md a nine months old son Larry His brother Harlan James Searle was on the same ship Since no word has been received rom him it is assumed that Har an is safe Cerro Gordo county and North Iowa s first World war II Jatalhy was Melvin Laskowski 19 son oi and Mrs A A Laskowski of Sheffield fyerlied Seriously Injured in Crash DECORAH njernca Winneshiek rounty relief director vas seriously injured Tuesday night m a cartruck collision neai almar No one else was injured in he crash which may have been caused by slippery pavement The ull extent of his injuries had not icen determined Wednesday IS FATALLY INJURED AMES Ammie Prime 0 became Ames second traffic atahty of1941 when she was truck and instantly killed Tues ay night by an automobile po ice said ivas driven by George J Palmer city councilman EKWIN LEJtOY SEARLE This Campaign Is for WAR RELIEF It fs Not a Red Cross Roli Cai When you are approached by a Red Cross worker don pomt to your Red Cross button and soy I bdong or I hove already given The Reel Cross roll col is over This is a new cam fnatanth 9hf the CrUrV Of United States he 0 QSe in Gordo 3d en jc coniection between the pres bershiD nVG rr relief funds Qnd mem oersnip caropargn recently conducted AMERICA IS AT WAR THE TIME HAS COME TO GIVE hoku 190 KILLED IN QUAKE ON FORMOSA iO Official radio heard b Press in Now m southern Formosa sur lered its most severe earthquake since 1930 Wednesday Railway communication be tween Taman and Tmio was dis rupted Casualties were believed heavy The overseas ministry said 190 persons were killed and 164 in jured and that 1200 houses wen razed and communications lines suffered some damage most ot which was expected to be repaired Wednesday Water mains were reported broken in many places KILLED IX ACTION FERGUS FALLS Minn UR Dr and Mrs O A Norman were informed Wednesday that the son Orris 26 had been killed i he Japanese assault on Pearl ilarbor He was the first Fergus Falls casualty of war in Buy Christmas Seals JAPAN ALARMED AT REPORT OF SUB OPERATION U S Destroys 26 Jap Planes at Vigan Japs Pound Hongkong By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Japan took alarm Wednes day at thereported presence of U S submarines oper ating in Japanese waters even as Admiral Thomas C Hart commander of the fleet announced that Ameri can submarines had gone into action for the first time in the 11dayold conflict and scored success in two out of three attacks U S headquarters in Manila reported also that at least 26 Japanese planes had been destroyed Tuesday at Vigan 200 miles northwest of Manila where the Japanese stilt maintained one of their three toeholds on Luzon island Admiral Harts cryptical statement did not identify the victims of the American Japa nese warships or merchant the locale of the sinkings It seemed plausible however that the United States was tight ening a blockade around the mU kadqs denselypopulated island In Washington communique dismissed the Japanese shelling of Kakului na the Hawaiian island ot Maui as hnvmg damaged only a concrete loading platform of a pineapple company About 10 shells were fired the communique said with out a single casualty In the Philippine theater the war department reported no dis cernible enemy activity during the past 24 hours and said there wis nothing to report from other areas Meanwhile British headquar ters in Singapore acknowledged that Japanese troops had land ed m Sarawak on the northwest coast of Borneo Britishprotect ed domain of the famous while rajah Sir Charles Vyacr Brooke within 300 miles bomb iff range of Singapore itself and GOO miles from Manila A Batavia communique said a Dutch bomber scored a direct hit on aJapanese destroyer covering lostile landing operations at Win Sarawak close to the fron between Sarawak and British rth Borneo The southern part of Borneo is Dutch With the Japanese throwing tlicir land sea and air forces 11 to a spreading offensive around the South China sea military experts said Tokin war strategy evidently aimed at a quick knockout of British and Dutch strongholds seizure of vital resources and control of the sea lanes hv which reinforcementscould reach the allies In Lorfdon a government pokesman told parliament that all steps had now been taken to coordinate British United States and allied war plans in accord vith President Roosevelts call or worldscale strategy but Russia to declare war on Japanese warships bombers nd land batteries also were re ported violently pounding siege JOund Hongkong Britains sec ndgreatcst stronghold in the far nst and a Reuters dispatch said apancse forces had seized the ortuguese island of Macao 45 miles souttuycst of Hongkong While London quarters ap pcarcd gloomy over the prospect f Hongkong holding out latest ispatches from the island itself eported that Americans there vcrc all right and that the col ny s fortifications were strone nougli to resist all attempts at nvasion These dispatches said British artillerymen had silencedthree Japanese gun positions on the Kowloon mainland across a milewide channel and that airraid casualties so far were A Tokio communique said Jap nesc forces had sunk six torpedo oats and damaged a destroyer nd three other vessels in Hong ong waters 5 On the northwest Malaya front ncre the Japanese are smashing   

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